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we will not be pushed around. we will not let the cops tell us what to do. we are here and we are going to take a stand. thank you. [beep] supervisor avalos: next speaker, please. >> thank you for this resolution. thank you for being a part of the encampment. for the people that are fighting for these amazing goals. my name is donna wilma. i teach at city college. i find it ironic that concerns about public health are being used to try to shut down encampment's across the country. the kind of public health that i teach is rooted in social justice we know that when people are part of empowered communities, when they have control over their own lives and have hope for the future,
knowing that their children will have better lives, these are the things that make people healthier. i really believe the things that people are fighting for in the occupied movement are economic and social equality. making lives better for the folks that i work with. people with disabilities. making life better for the students that i teach. making my life better. and my family. i support what people are doing. i am very glad -- i want my city officials to support that as well. thank you for this resolution. supervisor avalos: thank you very much. i have more cards. [reads names] sorry. [reads names] >> good morning, supervisors.
thank you, supervisor avalos, for your support, and supervisor kim, for joining the protesters at the encampment last week. i want to say that it is sad that we are having this conversation. it is important to begin the conversation about how it is to reduce income disparity in this country. it is absolutely criminal that we are having this conversation about whether or not people should have the right to protest. i know that a lot of people were looking at the television, fearful earlier this year, when people gathered by the thousands in carrier scrapper -- egypt. everyone was fearful that the military apparatus would be unleashed upon the protesters. time and again, people were condemning those regimes for
shutting down social media, not allowing access to internet, shutting down the in camera and in the few attempts that were made. but ultimately, people kept going back. it is at a critical and the criminal that the government of oakland and san francisco considers threatening the peaceful protesters here and across the rest of the country. it is important to note that this movement has come together to eliminate the exploitation of the 1% over the 99%. hopefully, this movement will rally the support of hundreds of thousands of millions of people across the country. just yesterday, two officers were trying to paint the campers as white hippies that do not connect with the community. yesterday, after rallies, folks marched down from chinatown to join the encampment.
this movement is growing. even if san francisco turns the police on the encampment, it will just continue to get bigger. supervisor avalos: i need to take a quick, two minute break. please stay in line. i just need to use the facilities. two minutes. supervisor avalos: thank you for your patience. thank you for lining up along the side of the wall. please come forward, next speaker. >> good morning. my name is kate laseeme. on behalf of la rasa, i want to thank the supervisors for the
resolution. the community that is blamed for the financial crisis, they are in reality as part -- as much a part of the 99%. we want to thank the occupiers. we want to make sure that we have the right to free speech and can be able to express attention. thank you. supervisor avalos: come forward, next speaker. >> the port of san francisco is
a victim of the police violence on tuesday morning, at the oscar grant plaza. i was provided with a bracelet at the time, and a good rest of my arms. there was violence. there was police violence. first, they attacked by tear gas. then the police came through with batons. the police and banged on the tense. -- the police bang down attempts -- banged on the tents with their batons. i believe that the majority of the resistance can be described as a strong peace movement and an exercise of first amendment rights. therefore, it should be abundantly clear that there was no danger, whatsoever. that this was an attempt to
criminalize the scent. to marginalize the sand and paint a picture where hooded people, like today, with sunglasses are the enemy. this is absurd. this is a political as asian -- politicalization of the police, utilizing overly aggressive police response to minor matters. working people must unite with the mend. this is what the protesters -- must unite with that of the demand -- must unite with the demand. that is what the protesters explain to me. therefore, the only problem --
occu[beep] all of labor must spread the occupation far and wide. we must be sure. otherwise we will receive the violence that we received in oakland. supervisor avalos: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> thank you for this hearing. my name is matt gramly. i am an attorney, here in san francisco. certainly, what happened to scott olson over in san francisco will result in litigation. the cost of the obligation to oakland and the police agencies involved is going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, even before you get to a settlement, a court trial, or any of that.
what i saw in oakland last week was fear. a few bass reaction to something that the people cannot understand or control. it amazes me that throughout history, those in power never learn any less. you just get more and more people. that is what we have seen. over the last 30 years, corporate america and wall street, they have not been winning. they have been cheating. they have been taking money from the 99% and using it for political contributions, buying political representatives. taking that money, combining it with fear, theater, racism, creating things like the tea party. what scares the power about the
occupied movement -- occupy movement, the things that happen to our economy have affected everyone across the entire political spectrum. you have an entire generation of people coming out of college with stoat -- student loan debt and no jobs. it saddens me that these other folks that have the time to do this protest, but i am glad that they do. [beep] so, thank you. supervisor avalos: thank you very much. i know very well about the college loans. next speaker, please. >> thank you for bringing this forward. i am a resident of region 5. i am also a friend of the quakers. i support this resolution.
i think it is important for this committee to go on record as supporting [beep] . cent -- of supporting occupy. san francisco has a long tradition of supporting civil justice and peace. one question that i have, i would like to know what sfpd has spent on its "training exercises, raids," and what they have spent so far. with all of the city suffering social-service cuts, we are in deep trouble. i think that this is important, for citizens and city government to be accountable, i would like to see that what forward. the other thing i would like to say about the occupied movement is that it speaks to the aspirations.
to the people of san francisco. to the people around the globe. it is growing. it is growing in san francisco. it will be at all of the neighborhoods. this city needs to respond to the best values of those that live in the city. [beep] please move this resolution forward. thank you. supervisor avalos: thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello. i would like to thank you for this resolution. thank you all for the various ways that you have occupied -- supported occupy san francisco. i know that some of you were there until the wee hours of the morning. national united is supporting
occupy, here and -- supporting occupy, hearing and around the country. one of the ways we have done that is through first-aid stations. just to touch on the violence that has been pushed on people, the first one that we treated was a person who have their finger broke and in the occupy sf raids. here we have a peaceful protest, being reacted against with violence. we have been studying. we serve the 99% on a daily basis. we see people who will not take their medications or have babies in bathtubs because they cannot
bring the children again. a homeless man had a heart attack and was not treated in time. it meant that he could no longer drive truck, as he was that technically it's a bold -- he was now technically disabled. this is the story of the 99%. this is something that we do in the labor movement on a regular basis. we have to decide what side you are of. we are on the side of the 99%. we will continue to fight alongside them. thank you. supervisor avalos: next speaker, please. a few more cards. [reads names]
interesting name.  cour >> supervisors, we of the labor council represent over 100,000 in san francisco. i want to be clear, we are the 99%. i want to thank the supervisors who were there on wednesday night and thursday morning, to make sure that what happened in oakland it did not happen in san francisco. we have an opportunity to show how the occupied movement -- occupy movement can stay, moving forward. i want to get this on the record.
we occupy san francisco. these are our issues. they have been our issues for quite some time. we will be supporting san francisco. we also want and that the part between, there is that facilitate the claiming that you do want? something that the mayor will normalize it? -- you lie is it? city leaders, working the other? we're talking to people across the country. there are people where we have stood up and being addressed.
denver, new york, atlanta, san francisco. you can tell, people are not going away. , and this has to happen 24-7. supervisor avalos: it is important to take note that the presence of labor and community at the united front, i was able to collect. next speaker, please. >> my name a spot [unintelligible] -- ballpaob [unintelligible] [beep] since last tuesday, i have been staying down apple occupy. when i got home to sleep,
students had left three piles of fallen on our block, partying for halloween. in addition, my housemates are feeding the mice. the rate of occupied oakland last week, given the condition of my block, it should be addressed first. but that is not how we operate in this city. our problems are well known. the disgust that the administration has used is no stranger to politics. it is used as a spread of a disease to marginalize 99% itself. on the announcement of the last rays, last wednesday, i took film. i found three pieces of litter.
it is hard to find anywhere that is that plane anywhere in san francisco. these people are dedicated to keeping the area clean, to preserving public space. in a city where people are being marginalized in the public through injunctions, there is nothing worse than this use giving voice to hypocrisy. i look forward to your vote. supervisor avalos: thank you. next speaker, please. >> supervisors, first off, i want to thank the supervisors who came down on wednesday night. your presence has been amazing. one evening we asked the supervisor about cleaning at the camp.
he was just -- totally, i would walk around with you. most people went expecting that it would be very messy after two months, but it was not. i would also like to demolish the folks in the camps as others have who have been monetize over this. thank you for your leadership. at the end of the day, i occupy wall street has caused us to -- , occupy wall street has caused us to look at things in new ways that we need to. we are grateful for your leadership. right now, we have foreclosure in district 10. over 1500 homes in the bayview alone.
a silent crisis that your work has highlighted, in a way. the municipal bank discussion in these important conversations. -- and these important conversations. all of these questions are coming in the spirit that we wanted them to for so long. i support occupy wall street so much so, we will be putting up a tent down at occupy in the next couple of days, and we wanted to say thank you to those that made this possible. thank you. supervisor avalos: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> i have and i hope the
resolution will be carried forward? is there a chilling nature to political expression? particularly chilling, when government officials disagree. a previous speaker mentioned that the square in egypt. there was a march there to support occupy wall street's. the world is watching. the reputation of san francisco is at stake. it is important to underscore the point that this resolution must not be predicated on the presence of supervisors to support the bride of protests. your support for the right must
be separate from the particular protest involved. thank you. supervisor avalos: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> my name is eugene dougherty. thank you, supervisors, for putting forward this resolution. i was sitting down earlier and realized that i was probably part of the more. i followed the initial occupation of line, joining it on the wham free weeks ago. by do not have some of the issues that many of my friends have. i am not in debt. i have health insurance. i joined this movement for ethical reasons. as a witness to the october 17
grade -- raid, and after seeing what happened in oakland, by actually stood up and felt, finally, in my life, that i could get arrested for standing up for what i believe in. i have a lot of friends supportive of this. we bill mott stops until we see the change that our society needs. supervisor avalos: next speaker,
please. blacks thank you. my name is [unintelligible] the occupy group came to our church. their presentation was very well received. i want to emphasize that the occupiers are trained very well in how to protect ourselves, to be nonviolent and respect the police. for the last few years in europe, and i saw how the oiipor have to live here. you never see people eating from the sidewalk in other industrialized societies. one quarter of this country
lives in poverty. this is the richest country in the world. that is a strange. that is what the occupiers are trying to address. i am very happy that they came along and will be a part of the political scene. thank you very much. thank you. supervisor avalos: next speaker, please. i have one more card. >> my name is barbara edelman. i am here again to congratulate the occupy people for their continued efforts. the movement had home. this is really fascinating. a world power community outreach organization. i hope that this resolution passes the full board. i am also here with one particular concern.
access to public bathrooms. right now you have five that are not being emptied adequately. personally, it would be inefficient to be publicly funded. if we had enough to put down a protest, we should be able to run public restrooms. supervisor avalos: thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is adam. hello. i have been staying at the encampment. i just graduated from college. until this movement started, even if few weeks ago, before was involved, i was completely jaded. we often have this view between short-term and the memory loss
in this society. because of my experience, i vividly remember how i lost hope in civic and engagement. all of my friends often shared that. i sort of have this feeling of hope. if you go to the camp and talk to people, that is something that everyone has shared. this idea that we are creating a new space. a few months back, if you think about what the news commentators find, there was this sense that everyone in the united states is the ejected. that it is slowing down. -- ejected -- dejected.
that it is slowing down. we need something strong to drive our society forward. to help to make us more successful people. [beep] the encampment of about just a symbol of that, but it is and living space where the hope is coming together. where people are working together to create a better reality for each other'. that is one thing that we have to remember. the camp is not just a metaphor. is action, working in action. that is what we need to remember. supervisor avalos: next speaker, please. >> yoke. body, mind, and spirit, doing a whole movement. there is a bit of a historical